The bootmaking world is a strange one in 2022. The easy part for top makers: finding customers who can’t wait to buy their boots. The hard part? Sometimes it feels like literally everything else. Supply chain breakdowns are slapping delays on leather and other materials. Recruiting and training skilled bootmakers: never simple.

So how’s Wesco dealing? How’s it get solved and what are the worries along the way? The 103-year-old Scappoose, Oregon bootmaker’s sales director & more Chris Warren gets deep into it with Ben, along with running through Chris’s 100%-Wesco personal collection, how you should size and fit and break in engineer boots, those dastardly four-wheeler injuries, what do to when Gen answers the phone at S&S, and plenty more.

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This episode was sponsored by Standard & Strange, which is now stocking excellent Japanese footwear brand Rolling Dub Trio—which is a very good thing

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